“The Henckel Family Association Reunion 2017”
New Hanover, Pennsylvania
We kicked off the 2017 Henckel Family Reunion with Christopher Temporelli singing our National Anthem. Chris came all the way from South Korea. He is a renowned opera singer and Branch V family member. His rendition of the Star Spangled Banner was outstanding!
Richard Henkel’s next surprise was the introduction of another celebrity, Anthony Jacob Hinkle, who came to the Reunion to celebrate his great grandfather and family’s arrival in America 300 years ago! We were delighted to have “Jake”, his baby sister, mom and dad join us.
Charles and Cathy Hinkle always come up with great ideas. This year they contacted several Henckel Family Members who donated gifts for our members. We had over 150 members attend the reunion and they were so fired up by Cathy, that it took two pictures to capture them all. Thank you Daddy Hinkle and Suzan Vande Velde!!
New Hanover Evangelical Lutheran Church, circa 1767 and Cemetery, early 1700’s, still are in continual use today! Beautiful!!!
After a wonderful buffet dinner served by The Crowne Plaza, Reading, Richard told us about all the sights we would be visiting on Saturday morning. First. we would visit the Boone Homestead, where the Boone family settle in 1717. The Boone’s and Henckels were, obviously, friends as we had learned at our 2012 Reunion in NC.
Saturday morning our first stop was at the Boone Homestead and Museum. We had four stations set up for our members to visit.
Our first station, Calligraphy writing was a hit with all the kids that attended the reunion and a lot of adults tried it, too. All agreed, that they were a lot faster with their computers, than they were with a quill pen!
Station #2 included a tour of the Boone home and a self guided tour of the basement which contained a spring for water and plenty of food storage. The Boone’s headed to the basement if attacked by Indians.
A few of our members walking between stations enjoying the fresh country air, after a brief shower.
Lee Wesner, New Hanover Lutheran’s Historian, tell Henckel family members about the church and its history. Remember the sanctuary dates back to 1767. Amazing!
A different perspective of the 1767 sanctuary at NHLC. Beautiful!
Lee and the church had all of our members full attention. What a great presentation he gave!
We did not get to walk the NHLC Cemetery due to soggy ground caused by a hard rain. One of our members took this picture of Anthony Geiger headstone. Anthony was the oldest son of Valentine and Frederica Henckel Geiger. Both Frederica and Valentine are buried in the cemetery, however, their gravestones are unreadable, and their location are not known.
We then moved to NHLC’s Picnic Pavilion for a delicious lunch, prepared and served to us by the church’s chef, Chris Fatzing, and his staff. After lunch Richard Henkel gave a presentation on the location of The Henckel and Geiger properties. He noted that they contained 500 acres and at one time contained the Geiger and Henckel’s homes, as well as, the Geiger’s large dairy farm. At the end of his presentation the group drove to it’s next site, where the Henckel-Geiger home(s) were once located.
Richard continued his presentation at what he and Greg Adamson had concluded from their extensive research was the last 52 acres of property that was sold of their original 500 acres purchased in 1717 to 1718. The 52 acres contained the original Henckel home, that was bought by the Geiger’s in 1739. The location is at the intersection of Layfield Road and Big Road and sat on the banks of the Swamp Creek, as the aerial view shows. Cora Curry told us from her 1927 visit to the property that this was where the Henckel-Geiger home was located. The home sat on a knoll across the driveway from the small building at the bottom of the picture. Again, just as Cora had described in 1927! Unbelievable, the house remained in this location until the 1960’s, when it was destroyed by fire!! All buildings shown in the picture were built around 1990. The original Geiger home was on the other side of Swamp Creek, it was destroyed by fire in 1726.
Our last stop on our Tour was at St. Augustus Lutheran’s “OLD Church” located in Trappe, PA. The church was built by Henry Melchoir Muhlenberg in 1742 – 1743, and is still used during the summer months and at Christmas.
Some of our members entering the sanctuary of “The Old Church” for a presentation to be made by the church’s Tour Guide, Jennifer Wentworth.